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Address: 4119 Highway 223, Victoria County, Iona, Nova Scotia B2C 1A3, Canada
Phone Number: 902-725-2272
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Experience the lifestyle of the Scots in Nova Scotia at the Village's...

Experience the lifestyle of the Scots in Nova Scotia at the Village's Outdoor Pioneer Museum or look up your Cape Breton roots at the Genealogy and Family History Centre. The Highland Village is situated on a beautiful site overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes and is open from May to mid October.

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History comes to life!

I really enjoy these outdoor ethnographic museums and this is one of the best. It is set on a hill with beautiful lake views. There are numerous buildings that are staffed by... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Cerritos, California
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Cerritos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I really enjoy these outdoor ethnographic museums and this is one of the best. It is set on a hill with beautiful lake views. There are numerous buildings that are staffed by knowledgeable tour guides in costume and character. We even got an impromptu concert in a Scottish stone hut. It is a very photographic place. There are picnic tables... More 

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Whycocomagh, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love this little village on the hill overlooking the Bras D'Or Lakes! I go several times a Summer to walk around and soak up the beauty and history of my ancesters. We often make a family pillgramidge to the historical church on the site as well. I love the costumes, highland animals, music and Gaelic!

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

It sounds like the Highland Village is a very meaningful place for you. That means a lot to us. Thank you for sharing. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

People played the part of people from 1700's and 1800's whom spoke Gaelic. Beautiful grounds and very interesting and informative on history of Scottish/Irish settlers.

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting wth us and writing about your experience. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Incredible views and lots of friendly people. Yes a lot of what they say it's scripted but it was still fun. The school house, complete with paddling boards was a highlight since my wife is a teacher. A must see for the views alone.

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

Our animators do a lot of research om their characters and the time period they represent. We're glad you enjoyed your experience. I guess schools are a little different now. More 

London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The drive on Bras d'Or Lake was beautiful but more breath taking when you got to Highland Village Museum. Taking a stroll through the Gaelic past was incredible. Staff was very pleasant and knowledgeable. They were dressed in there costumes doing everyday chores.A place worth seeing

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

The view from the Village is one we never tire of and we see it every day. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. More 

Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was very warm this day. Inside the building was refreshingly cool with folks in there to explain life during the era they were representing. Every building offered our dogs water and plenty of affection. Made the visit much better. Paths to climb but not so bad.

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

We like to make sure that everyone, pets included, stays hydrated on hot days. Thanks for writing about your visit. More 

Antigonish, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great little village with costumed interpreters presenting historical information in first person. See blacksmithing cooking, farming equipment, and animals from the time Scots arrived in Nova Scotia through the early 1900's. Staff were friendly and well informed. Bonus- a lot of them used gaelic in their interpretations!

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

We are fortunate to have descendants from the original Gaelic speaking settlers on staff. They speak from the heart and often tell stories told to them by relatives years ago. Thanks for writing about your experience. More 

Oakville, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great way to learn and experience the Gaelic way of life over their Nova Scotia history. Costumed interpreters were friendly and knowledgeable. A small quaint village with an incredible panoramic view of B'ras Dor . A little off the beaten path but well worth the 20 minute drive off the TCH. One way to the site even has you... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write about your visit, Douglas. The car ferry is a short but lovely way to get to Iona from the Baddeck area. No reservations required. More 

Oxford, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We specifically came through Iona on our way to Sydney so we could stop at the Highland Village. We are fans of historical sites and knew this living museum was a must do on our trip around Cape Breton. You start and end in the gift shop, which is well stocked with highland and celtic treasures. The path through the... More 

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

So pleased that you (and your pet) enjoyed your time with us. Thank you for sharing your experience with us. More 

Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A living history museum and cultural centre that celebrates the Gealic experience in Nova Scottia. Step back in time and stroll through this open-air museum. Historical reenactment - museum events bring life as it was in the beginning of the settlement (1770s - 1830s) more than 100 years ago. Beautiful panoramic views over the Bras d'Or Lakes.

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MaxMacDonald, Public Relations Manager at Highland Village, responded to this review

While we are part of the Nova Scotia Museum group we are also, as you say, a cultural centre. Thank you for taking the time to write about your visit with us. More 

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